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Witness the Changing of the Guard in royal London

A cosmopolitan city, London is an epicenter of global finance and politics where cultures intertwine, neighborhoods hold secrets whispered through time, and famous events like London Fashion Week take place on an annual basis. The metropolitan area draws millions of visitors each year to attractions such as the Houses of Parliament, which features the 16-story clock tower Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace. Set on the banks of the River Thames, London offers a fantastic mix of history, food, shopping and museums. The pageantry of the Changing of the Guard and Trooping the Colour create spectacles adored by all, while modern marvels include one of the world's biggest observation wheels.


Things to see and do

Cultural attractions

Exhibits at institutions such as the Royal Museum, the National Gallery, and the Imperial War Museum provide insightful perspectives of the country. From the First World War Galleries to the history of “Jack the Ripper”, and artworks dating back to medieval times, enjoy a window on the past by visiting any of these attractions.

City buildings that have stood for hundreds of years include Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and the Royal Albert Hall where you can catch a concert in the evenings. The Tower of London is guarded by the legendary Beefeaters, while inside the diamond-studded Crown Jewels glitter for guests throughout the day.

Stroll along historic footpaths in colorful Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, or enjoy a spectacular bird's-eye view of the city from atop the London Eye.

London' districts are attractions in their own right, and if you take a trip through the East End you will discover the setting for numerous films and television shows. View the ancient street layout and medieval churches in The City, the earliest Roman settlement, or visit Greenwich, home of the Prime Meridian. The Leicester Square neighborhood houses famous Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, and city tours are a great way to scale the geography of sprawling London.

Shopping and dining

Power shoppers will discover the haute couture boutiques and trendy designer stores of Knightsbridge, Bond Street and Covent Garden, as well as Oxford and Regent Streets. In addition to high-end clothes, you can also find vintage apparel in quirky local establishments.

Once known for its ubiquitous fish and chips, bangers and mash, and even eels, London has since emerged as a center of gastronomic delights. This melting pot of cultures creates a restaurant scene that thrives on fusion and international cuisine. Foodies can enjoy high tea and Anglo-Indian dishes like chicken tikka masala, Turkish kebabs and Mexican-style burritos.

Nightlife and entertainment

When the sun sets after a day of sightseeing, guests can visit local pubs and live music venues featuring internationally-acclaimed DJs and bands. Tracing its origins to Shakespeare, London's West End Theatre district presents musicals and plays starring famous actors from screen and stage. You can also enjoy performances in the Opera House, where the Royal Symphony, Opera and Ballet companies are showcased.

This English capital hosts a series of yearly celebrations that include Wimbledon and other major sporting events, the Notting Hill Carnival, the Lord Mayor's Show and the Totally Thames Festival.


Best time to visit

Spring is one of the best times to visit London. In addition to mild temperatures, the city's parks and gardens begin to bloom. Humidity levels tend to be higher in the summer months, but those looking to sample strawberries and cream, or Pimm’s at the tennis should book a stay in late June or early July.

Travel and hotels are more likely to be reasonably priced and readily available in the fall and winter months—although visitors should be aware that London is popular for Christmas gift shopping in December.


Where to stay

From Bayswater and Paddington to Knightsbridge, the West End and Camden, the neighborhood where you choose to vacation in London will depend very much upon what you want to do on your trip. Historic hotels like Flemings Mayfair—the second oldest in the capital—have a Georgian flair that harks back to the days when carriages rolled through the streets while contemporary accommodations include the K West and the Apex. Prices range quite dramatically, so it's best to search around online before you go.


Travel information

Visitors can reach London through one of six airports, including Gatwick (LGW), Heathrow (LHR) and Stansted (STN). Traveling between these aviation gateways and London's major attractions is easy due to the city's comprehensive public transportation network. Options include the iconic red double-decker buses, Docklands Light Railway and the Underground, as well as Thames River commuter boats and pleasure cruises. Consider using an Oyster Card, a contactless smartcard, instead of individual paper tickets, to save time and money. Another option for traveling within the English city is taking one of London's world-famous black cabs.

Recently booked London hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
The Cavendish London
Knightsbridge - Mayfair
1 minute ago 4 stars $247
Apex London Wall Hotel
City of London
1 minute ago 4 stars $174
The Westbury Mayfair
Knightsbridge - Mayfair
10 minutes ago 5 stars $190
Citadines Trafalgar Square London
West End - Covent Garden
28 minutes ago 4 stars $163
Apex Temple Court
City of London
1 hour ago 4 stars $234
Shaftesbury Hyde Park International Hotel
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4 hours ago 4 stars $120
Thistle Euston
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7 hours ago 4 stars $132
K West Hotel London
Kensington - Chelsea
8 hours ago 4 stars $134
The Bloomsbury Hotel, a member of The Doyle Collection
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8 hours ago 4 stars $208
The Grand at Trafalgar Square
West End - Covent Garden
8 hours ago 4 stars $170

Recently Rated London Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Amba Hotel Charing Cross
West End - Covent Garden
4.3 / 5
96 reviews
4 stars $218
The Grand at Trafalgar Square
West End - Covent Garden
4.1 / 5
55 reviews
4 stars $170
The Savoy - A Fairmont Managed Hotel
West End - Covent Garden
4.5 / 5
13 reviews
5 stars $416
Corus Hotel Hyde Park
Bayswater - Paddington
3.5 / 5
104 reviews
4 stars $147
Hyde Park Court Hotel
Bayswater - Paddington
2.3 / 5
4 reviews
2 stars $65
The Beaufort
Knightsbridge - Mayfair
4.3 / 5
27 reviews
4 stars $291
Apex City Of London Hotel
City of London
4.5 / 5
45 reviews
4 stars $155
Flemings Mayfair
Knightsbridge - Mayfair
4.2 / 5
119 reviews
4 stars $268
Tune Hotel - Westminster, London
South Bank - Waterloo
4.0 / 5
3 stars $104
Gloucester Place
Marylebone - Regent's Park
3.4 / 5
9 reviews
3 stars $88

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From $152

1 Strand Palace Hotel London

4 stars
3.8 / 5 232 reviews

372, Strand Map

Free Wifi

Fine dining, modern styling, and in the heart of theaterlandThe Strand Palace Hotel London is ideally located within walking distance of many of London's major tourist attractions. Guests visiting... More

Well-Located Hotel
The location of the hotel could not be better. The room was clean, small and perfectly comfortable and satisfactory. The water pressure in the bathroom was amazing. The staff were friendly and...
Oct 15, 2014
From $161

2 Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar

4 stars
4.1 / 5 55 reviews

Whitcomb Street Map

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Thistle Trafalgar Square - The Royal Trafalgar, is located on a quiet street just off the lively Leicester Square, next to the National Portrait Gallery. Situated in the middle of the West End and... More

Perfect Location
We selected the Thistle Trafalgar Square hotel for a special anniversary trip to London based on its location and traveler recommendations. Upon arrival we were warmly greeted, allowed to check in...
Nov 1, 2014
From $134

3 K West Hotel London

4 stars
4.0 / 5 89 reviews

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Contemporary hotel near Notting Hill with an award-winning spaLocated steps from Portabello Market and Kensington Palace, the K West Hotel wows with its modern looks and trendy West London address.... More

Missing money bag
Our stay here would have likely been ok...the room was all the way down a very long hallway at the end and overlooked what appeared to be their dumpster area but all around for a room in London it...
Nov 12, 2014
From $136

4 Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley

4 stars
4.3 / 5 50 reviews

Bloomsbury Way Map

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Not many London hotels can claim a place in literary history. But The Kingsley certainly can. Named after Charles Kingsley, author of the classics Westward Ho! and The Water Babies, it was once... More

Week in London
Excellent services. Had sound issues and was moved to a new room with no hesitation from manager.
Oct 10, 2014
From $199

5 The Grosvenor

4 stars
4.1 / 5 118 reviews

Buckingham Palace Road Map

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Following a multi-million pound refurbishment, The Grosvenor Hotel has been restored to its former glory, revealing stunning original features that date back to 1862. A Listed building, it retains... More

Great experience
My uncle and auntie loved the hotel room ambience, location and staff support and shuttle transport service to and from hotel from Heathrow was also fantastic. Good value for money
Aug 30, 2014
From $198

6 The Cumberland Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 118 reviews

Great Cumberland Place Map

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Hyde Park hotel featuring cutting edge modern designThe Cumberland Hotel entices travelers with state-of-the-art accommodations and amenities, striking decor and luxurious ambiance set near... More

A prime location to all of London
On short vacations, time is of the essence. This fine hotel is close to the entire London experience being steps away from a clean well organized subway system. We advise the use of a prepaid pass....
Oct 22, 2014
From $144

7 Thistle Kensington Gardens

4 stars
4.0 / 5 44 reviews

104 Bayswater Road Map

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Recently refurbished to the highest standards, Thistle Kensington Gardens has the best of London right on the doorstep. Hyde Park is literally across the road from the hotel, with the West End... More

Great location
Overall the experience was really good. Rooms are small there but that is typical for London. The room decor looked a little worn and the mattress was a little hard. The bathroom was clean and well...
Oct 26, 2014
From $244

8 The Royal Horseguards

5 stars
4.4 / 5 64 reviews

2 Whitehall Court Map

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Charm, elegance and comfort on the banks of the River ThamesThe unique blend of 21st century and Victorian decor makes The Royal Horseguards an attraction in itself. Conveniently located near to... More

Great business stay
Couldn't fault it. Booked a bargain deluxe double which I was expecting to be small - but it wasn't small at all. No view (overlooked an atrium) but hotel was amazing - true luxury. Breakfast top...
Oct 19, 2014
From $198

9 Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

4 stars
4.4 / 5 64 reviews

200 Westminster Bridge Road Map

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- Modern hotel on the vibrant South Bank, directly opposite Big Ben, London Eye and Houses of Parliament - Conveniently located near to Waterloo and Westminster stations - The Mandara Spa offering... More

Close, but Pricey
The taxes/fees for London hotels really jack the prices up --- if I hadn't gotten a free night using some other points, I probably wouldn't have forked over the money I did for this hotel. That...
Oct 3, 2014
From $247

10 The Cavendish London

4 stars
4.4 / 5 198 reviews

81 Jermyn Street Map

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A haven of tranquility in the heart of London's Theater DistrictPampered tranquility in the heart of the city is the essence of the Cavendish London, whose contemporary rooms offer some of London's... More

perfect stay
Amazing!! Best location, very nice room, the view is graet
Sep 25, 2014
From $170

11 Club Quarters Trafalgar Square

4 stars
4.2 / 5 98 reviews

8 Northumberland Avenue Map

Affordable, club-like hotel in Trafalgar Square for business travelers Set in the heart of Trafalgar Square, the Club Quarters, Trafalgar Square is a full-service hotel designed for business... More

Well Kept Hotel and Great Location!
This Club Quarters location is a great base to get our and explore much of what London has to offer. I arrived a couple of hours before check-in and was given a room without waiting. Within steps...
Sep 14, 2014
From $134

12 The Arbor Hyde Park

3 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews

36 Lancaster Gate Map

The Arbor Hyde Park Hotel is a lovingly restored 19th century Townhouse opening in August 2014. This 4* deluxe boutique hotel has just 40 bedrooms and overlooks the peaceful green expanse of Hyde... More

Business Trip to London-Paddington Area
Thanks to previous experiences, my expectations from this hotel were minimal. All I was looking for was a reasonable place to stay near Paddington station. But the Arbor surprised and delighted me...
Oct 18, 2014
From $132

13 Thistle Euston

4 stars
4.0 / 5 38 reviews

Thistle Euston Hotel Map

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Strategic stylish base for exploring London Exploring the culture-rich and vibrant England capital can be convenient by opting to stay at the stylish accommodation units of Thistle Euston,... More

Great location, Clean and comfortable
From check in to check out, everything was quite efficient and fast. They even offered an upgrade to another room for a mere 20 pounds. There was a small hiccup with the bill but the staff and...
Oct 25, 2014
From $165

14 Melia White House

4 stars
3.7 / 5 37 reviews

Albany Street, Regents Park Map

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A delightful hotel experience in the heart of LondonLocated near Regent's Park, Melia White House offers deluxe London accommodations for both business and pleasure travelers. The hotel has nine... More

Nice stay
The hotel was a good hotel. The location was good. There was some nearby bars and restaurants in walking distance. Overall it was a good stay.
Oct 11, 2014
From $190

15 The Westbury Mayfair

5 stars
4.2 / 5 13 reviews

Bond Street,Mayfair Map

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The Westbury leads a new direction of unrivalled luxury. The excellent location in the heart of Mayfair means it is walking distance to Regent Street, Oxford Circus, Buckingham Palace & the... More

awesome place !
grat room, best location...since the moment we arrived, we were welcomed by a most fiendly staff who made everything possible to place us.
Aug 15, 2014
From $170

16 Thistle Piccadilly

4 stars
3.7 / 5 30 reviews

Coventry Street Map

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This is an amazing hotel, located in the centre of London, just a few minutes walk to Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Theatre Land. It is walking distance to Oxford Street, Covent Garden... More

Great Stay for Us
Outstanding location and the staff were consistently helpful throughout our 3 night stay. Highly recommended.
Oct 29, 2014
From $163

17 Citadines Trafalgar Square London

4 stars
4.2 / 5 101 reviews

18/21 Northumberland Avenue Map

Complimentary Wifi

Fully serviced apartments for up to six people near Trafalgar SquareThe Citadines London Trafalgar Square "Apart'hotel" is just steps away from Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square. It offers 187... More

Spacious
The hotel was a solid 3-3.5 star based on American standards. We rented a one bedroom suit and it was very spacious. Service was good and walking to all major attractions was easy as everything is...
Oct 26, 2014
From $125

18 Rathbone Hotel London

4 stars
3.8 / 5 35 reviews

30 Rathbone Street Map

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Intimate boutique-style hotel in London’s West End The Rathbone Hotel London is an intimate, boutique-style hotel located in the heart of London's West End, the perfect location for discovering... More

Great location, great staff
I've stayed at this hotel quite a few times, and that is what keeps me returning. The location is a short walk to Oxford Street and the staff is hospitable and accommodating. The hotel is very well...
Sep 4, 2014
From $218

19 Amba Hotel Charing Cross

4 stars
4.3 / 5 96 reviews

Charing Cross, The Strand, Map

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Timeless elegance near Trafalgar SquareAmba Hotel Charing Cross is a modern boutique offering convenient distance to The Strand and Trafalgar Square. This deluxe hotel offers elegant accommodations... More

best trip ever
This was my first time every going to London and traveling alone internationally. I couldn't have asked for a better trip! The hotel was beautiful, clean and located perfectly in the middle of all...
Nov 15, 2014
From $172

20 The Mandeville Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 261 reviews

Mandeville Place Map

Comp upgrade, continental bfast, early check in

Personalized service, chic design in an indulgent West End oasisLuxury meets practical in this stylish West End hotel that's both affordable and full-featured. Lavishly designed rooms are equipped... More

Perfect location
This hotel is ideally located in close proximity to London's major shopping streets. Restaurants around are also great. The hotel is clean and staff are friendly.
Oct 27, 2014